The Union's goal is to advance the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control [WHO FCTC] – an international health treaty that provides a coordinated strategy to reduce tobacco use. Our work centres on the WHO’s MPOWER - a package of evidence-based measures designed to help countries effectively implement the WHO FCTC.
The Union’s tobacco control team has experts based in every inhabited continent across the globe. Our team has specialised knowledge in the legal, economic, policy development, management, training and communications aspects of tobacco control.
The Union's global tobacco control networks
- The Union is a founding member of both the NCD Alliance and the Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control. These organisations work to accelerate the passage of the WHO FCTC.
- The Union has had official observer status at the WHO FCTC Conference of Parties from the outset.
- The Union is Permanent Secretariat for the World Conference on Tobacco or Health.
The Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control and NCDs Prevention (APCAT) was established in 2016 by The Union Asia Pacific Office in Singapore as a network and forum for subnational leaders working to advance tobacco control in the region. Recognising that subnational leaders’ play a key role in the subnational and national heath and development agenda, the goal of APCAT is to build stronger political commitments, new partnership opportunities, sustainable and effective utilisation of resources and stronger health system performance and outcomes.